Best Nintendo Switch Metroidvania Games

The word ‘Metroidvania’ might rub some gamers the wrong way, but it’s a useful catch-all to describe a very specific type of search/action game experience. Combining elements from both the Metroid series and Koji Igarashi-produced Castlevania titles, this broad platforming genre has you using an ever-growing skill set to open up new paths across an expansive, layered map. As you explore and find secrets throughout the environment, these games empower the player in a way that makes them extremely addictive.

Despite laying down the blueprint for Metroid-style explorative platforming games, neither Nintendo nor Konami have been particularly prolific in the genre for a while — MercurySteam’s excellent Metroid Dread notwithstanding. Fortunately, over the past decade or so we’ve seen some incredible examples from independent developers inspired by the classics, and there is no shortage of great Metroidvanias to choose from on Switch.

To help you keep on top of all those releases, we’ve rounded up the best examples of the genre — in no particular order — to help you avoid the turkeys. The following games showcase the brilliant and varied mechanics of the genre and are sure to give you that very particular buzz you get from the exploration and combat in the best Metroidvanias.

So, let’s have a look at the best Metroidvanias for Switch


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